It's the time of year where I start looking forward to a new beginning. Reflecting on the old and ready to usher in the new, the fresh, the clear and the promising. Something in me wrestles to not let another year go by without taking steps towards the things I've put on hold.
This year in particular has been very full.
Bustling and busy, I studied full time in the first semester and I spent a lot of time juggling this with ministry, and family.
Chewing over this year though, I realised I have been letting my yesses to some good things prevent me from being able to say yes to the best things.* The things on my heart. The things that will take guts and intention, planning and hard work.
Because this: good planning and hard work lead to prosperity.** I need to do the hard work part.
I can plan, and write lists and draw mind-maps like a boss. But I am not so good at the doing.
I'm great at dreaming and envisioning.
But my steps are slow and my mind overthinks and my perfectionist self hesitates in case what is produced is not good enough.
I am not great at shitty first drafts. ***
I am not great at putting it out there if it's flawed.
I am not great at keeping myself accountable.
I get discouraged quickly.
Apathy is all too familiar... and is the absolute enemy to the life I know I'm called to live.
Full and bustling and bursting, yes. Yet settled and still and resting in grace.
Maybe I have to hustle to fill in the gaps. Hustle to avoid procrastination... and then the rest comes in the real doing, the graced doing. Maybe there's a hustle to get to the grace?
And this time of year I'm pressing in to work it out.
Waiting for the answers to the unanswered questions.
Believing for completion of the untied ends and frayed edges.
Hoping to finish strong, but still feeling weak and needy and unsure.
For now, I'll write more lists, and scribble more dreams with the hope that He writes on my heart, and breathes in His purpose.
Because the new year is beckoning, just like He is.
* John C. Maxwell
** Proverbs 21:5
*** Anne Lamott
[If you are wanting to do some real retreating + reflecting I'd strongly encourage you to download Amanda Viviers' New Year Vision Book - it's free!]